My First

My fuel pump cherry was busted wide open today. After 230k miles and pumping over 8k gallons of fuel, I’m ok with that.

For those of you wondering, this job is very simple unless you have issues with the smell of petrol. Took me about 20 minutes start to finish using nothing more than a 10mm socket and my trusty Swiss Army Knife to pry open the inspection plate.

Some notes.

  • On the R50, the fuel pump is located under the rear seat, drivers side
  • It is not necessary to hold any of the hoses or wires up with anything. They don’t fall too far into the tank. I did use bailing wire to hold those up and it did help.
  • A special tool is not needed to remove the ring. Helpful, but not needed
  • Good idea to disconnect the battery before you start. At least I did, you know, just in case.
  • Open the doors and the boot. Gas fumes, duh.
  • When you put the new pump into the tank, you might think it doesn’t fit. Press down. It is supposed to do that.
  • If you need this, don’t discount the dealer’s parts desk. MINI Of Ontario sells it for about $280, Napa wanted $320

I thought it was fairly straightforward and not to difficult, but your mileage may vary. Thanks to Mr. Miller for the assist via SMS and to my Dad for the extra hand to hold things in place. And, special thanks to me for saving me a big pile of cash on doing this myself. A 40 mile tow and hour of service is a pretty penny you know.

And, finally, don’t be afraid to attempt repairs such as this yourself. Y’all know I’m short on cash, so I’m especially motivated. I’m also a tremendous cheap skate and am willing to attempt things in order to save a few hundred bucks.

(8) Comments|Posted in How Do I...?,My MINI on 5/21/2010

Front Brakes, Done

No slots

If anyone wonders what PowerSlot rotors look like after 180,000 miles, please look above. Also notice the lack of slots. These were turned once and replaced today. Stuck with the EBC Green Stuff pads (just ask me, I will tell you I swear by them) and, too save a few bucks, I’m giving the Centric Premium Rotors a shot. A steal at Tire Rack for only $35 each (vs. the $80 for PowerSlots).

I’ve said this before, but doing the front brakes on a MINI is one of the easiest jobs there is. You only need a few tools and about an hour. If you need a refresher, check out this post at NAM written by Richard Lin for very detailed instructions. If you are also replacing your rotors, you should also check out this NAM post. It’s for an R56 with JCW brakes, but it’s exactly the same on the other cars.

Rears are next as soon as a bit more money comes in and I can get over to Harbor Freight to get the tool I need. I also want to flush the brake system and get new fluid in there, which I’ve not done on a MINI before. Should be fun!

Miles on the Odometer: 209,800

(1) Comment|Posted in My MINI on 6/6/2009